Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has dominated in a fashion not seen much by fans, players or coaches alike, especially against the San Francisco Giants at their home ballpark.
Kershaw is not one to consider the number of strikeouts he has as a measure of a strong night pitching. However, he retired batter after batter in the San Francisco lineup until teammate Justin Turner delivered a big hit that the team needed.
Over his eight innings pitched, Kershaw fanned 13. Then Turner hit a home run and that they went on to win 3-2.
Kershaw on the season is now 9-1 and was able to out duel the Giant’s Johnny Cueto. Kershaw is now 7-0 over his past eight starts.
Over that stretch of eight starts, Kershaw has 82 strikeouts with only three walks since late April. Kershaw is now 3-0 on the road in six starts and 10-3 with an ERA of 1.30 over his past 17 games there.
Kershaw said after the game that he was glad to take part in the game as he enjoyed dueling with Cueto. He said Cueto’s pitching was exceptional.
Turner’s home run came on a 2-0 account from the Giants’ Santiago Casilla. The win by the Dodgers pulled them to just 3 games of the division lead as the All-Star Game approaches.
The Dodgers cut the Giants lead to three games in the National League West, though both teams are aware the division will likely go down to the stretch in late September.
Los Angeles has won five straight games against San Francisco with Kershaw on the mound and the southpaw has a record of 18-7 in his 33 starts for his career against San Francisco.
Los Angeles is now 12-1 when Kershaw pitches this season, while San Francisco dropped to just 11-2 when Cueto pitches for them. He beat Los Angeles in two straight starts during April.
Cueto was trying to become the third pitcher with 10-wins in the majors this season. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Chris Sales for the White Sox both have 10 wins on the season.
Yasiel Puig the starting right fielder for the Dodgers has been on the DL since 2013, due to a left hamstring strain. He will be with Class A Rancho Cucamonga beginning on Monday with the hope he becomes ready to play by June 20 with the parent team.